11-04-2018 | Original Paper
Non-reciprocal Friendships in a School-Age Boy with Autism: The Ties that Build?
Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 9/2018Log in om toegang te krijgen
This mixed-methods study examined differences in social interaction patterns between a school-age boy with autism and his friends, non-reciprocal friends, and non-friends during recess time at a mainstream school (third grade of elementary school). Through a combination of observational methodology and social network analysis with an idiographic, follow-up and multidimensional design approach, we used lag sequential and polar coordinate analysis to ascertain the associations between various interactive behaviors as a function of type of friendship relation. After 40 sessions, we found that the non-reciprocal friendship relations of the boy with autism could have significantly greater potential than his reciprocal friendships to increase active engagement and reduce the time he spent alone during recess.